Pandemic-Influenced Car Shopping: Just Use the Manufacturer API

Jason Kent, hacker-in-residence at Cequence, found a way to exploit a Toyota API to get around the hassle of car shopping in the age of supply-chain woes.

The pandemic has caused huge disruptions in the supply chain for a wide variety of industries. One of the major areas feeling the global issues is the car industry. Fortunately, I found a way to exploit a manufacturer API to minimize my frustration.

First, some background: Many outlets have widely reported that manufacturers are putting 99 percent of a vehicle together, parking it in a lot somewhere and assuming the missing parts, like computer chips, will be available soon and they’ll be able to make the engines run so the vehicles can be sold. On a recent road trip, I went past the F150 factory and saw the massive parking lot at Kentucky Speedway, filled with factory-new trucks that will not start and are unsellable.

My 2015 Tacoma is getting to the point where I want to make a decision to either finish setting it up for camping, or trade it in and get a newer one to fix up for camping. And thus, I find myself trying to

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